by Carol Leonnig

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This is one of those books that will go down as the seminal work—the determinative work—in this field. . . . Terrifying.”—Rachel Maddow


The first definitive account of the rise and fall of the Secret Service, from the Kennedy assassination to the alarming mismanagement of the Obama and Trump years, right up to the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6—by the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of A Very Stable Genius

Carol Leonnig has been reporting on the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the secrets, scandals, and shortcomings that plague the agency today—from a toxic work culture to dangerously outdated equipment to the deep resentment within the ranks at key agency leaders, who put protecting the agency’s once-hallowed image before fixing its flaws. But the Secret Service wasn’t always so troubled.

Interview with the Author

Commonwealth Club of California
Carol Leonnig: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
5/28/21       65 min

Inside the Secret Service
5/27/21       51 min

Interview Starts at 12 mins

Washington Post Live
Carol Leonnig talks about her new book “Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service”
5/20/21         31 min

The Chris Voss Show
Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service by Carol Leonnig
6/13/21         45 min

Talk Cocktail
The Secret Service and its Time of Reckoning: A conversation with Carol Leonnig
6/8/21           32 min

The Lawfare Podcast
Carol Leonnig on the United States Secret Service and What to Do About It
7/7/21        52 min

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